Supporting your work in public history for more than 30 years
|Join the NCPH! If your goal is to engage the public in history, then you should be a part of the National Council on Public History. NCPH brings together people, agencies, businesses, institutions, academic programs, and organizations that share your commitment to broadening the public’s appreciation, understanding, and use of the past.Join or renew your Individual, Student, Sustaining, or New Professional membership today!
(Don’t wish to renew online? Click here to download the Membership form that can be mailed or faxed.)
Benefits of membership are explained below.
If you are an Individual, Student, Sustaining, or New Professional member and would like to increase your support of NCPH, please consider joining as a Partner or Patron level member.
NCPH encourages you to join its sister organization, the International Federation for Public History (IFPH/FIHP).
“I think that NCPH is on the cutting edge of putting together a conference that intellectually engages all the participants…NCPH provides lots of ways for folks to engage with one another at a much deeper level than at most conferences.”
“The Public Historian is THE best journal by far for public historians to explore their field and in which to publish their work.”
Individual – $70
*Please add $20 for postage outside of the U.S. or Canada.
“The conference is the best part of being an NCPH member. I learn so much from the panels and talking with people…I feel like I am making connections that will last through my professional career.”
Patron – Available at $600, NCPH Patrons (institutions or individuals) help support the organization and make new programming possible.
Partner - For $400 a year, NCPH Partners (institutions or individuals) provide much needed financial support to the organization.
—————————————————–Institutional Subscription – Institutions can subscribe to NCPH’s journal, The Public Historian, through the University of California Press.
Membership Benefits (Individuals, as well as Patrons and Partners)
As a member of NCPH, you will receive:
* The Public Historian - THE definitive voice of the public history profession, The Public Historian offers the latest scholarship and applications from the field. From original research and case studies to broad substantive and theoretical issues, The Public Historian will keep you informed about the ever-expanding and increasingly international study and practice of public history. Published quarterly at the University of California Press, the journal provides:
- Articles presenting original research, case studies, and substantive discussion of theoretical issues in the practice of public history.
- Special features such as interviews with pioneering figures in the field and forums on Native American history, preservation technology, history and memory, and other current issues.
- Reviews of critical publications, including monographs, government gray literature, cultural resource management reports, and corporate histories.
- Special review sections focusing on exhibits and interpretive programs, historical films, videos, and other media productions.
“Top quality peer reviewed articles reflect the diversity of the field, and reflect the special challenges of history in the public domain.”
Individual (including Patron and Partner) members receive four print issues each year and, for the first time, can search and read all 30-plus years of back issues of The Public Historian by logging into the JSTOR.org website. Beginning in 2011, our journal’s publisher, the University of California Press, and JSTOR, the not-for-profit archive of more than a thousand scholarly journals, created the Current Scholarship Project “to make current and historical scholarly content available on a single, integrated platform, to provide a single point for librarians and end users around the world to access this content, and to ensure this content’s long-term preservation.” Until this point, NCPH members had digital access to only current issues and the three most recent years of back issues. To read or search older issues of The Public Historian, one had to be at an institution, such as a college or university library, which held a JSTOR subscription.
* Public History News – a quarterly print and online newsletter providing updates on NCPH activities, news on developments in the field, and timely information on upcoming conferences, fellowships, meetings, and position vacancies.
* A discounted registration rate for the NCPH Annual Conference - an invaluable opportunity for professional development and networking, bringing together specialists in the field, faculty and students from public history programs, and others interested in public history. Each year’s program includes guest speakers, special events, sessions and panels on a wide range of topics, and specialized workshops on topics critical to your continuing education and career development. Student members who present in a session, participate in the poster session, or are discussants in a working group are eligible to apply for one of five Graduate Student Travel Awards.
* Humanities E-Book Access – Members may subscribe to the American Council of Learned Societies Humanities E-Book, which provides 3,000 select, full-text titles across the humanities and social sciences, from the 1880s through the present. Individual subscriptions are $35 for NCPH members.
* A 15% discount on library and archival products; a 10% discount on furniture, and free shipping on library and archival supply orders over $200 (for orders in the lower 48) from Gaylord. Contact the NCPH office for the code.
* An opportunity to join the NCPH “group” on LinkedIn. When you sign up for a free LinkedIn account, not only can you build a profile with as much or as little profession-related information about yourself as you like, you can also connect to other professionals of your choosing. Participation in the NCPH group is open only to current NCPH members. It’s a quick way to reach other public history practitioners and benefit from their job experience and connections.
NCPH Members Also Benefit From…
Leadership Opportunities – members help to shape NCPH and the field by volunteering to serve on boards, committees, and task forces.
Awards – the Consultants Award for outstanding work by consultants or contractors; the Robert Kelley Memorial Award honoring distinguished and outstanding achievements in public history; the G. Wesley Johnson Award given annually for the best article in The Public Historian; the Michael Robinson Prize for Historical Analysis rewarding historical work in public policy formation; the Student Project Award; the New Professional Travel Awards; and five Graduate Student Travel Awards.
Collaborative Efforts – including joint meetings with such groups as the National Park Service, the Organization of American Historians, and assorted regional history groups, and participation in National History Day, at local as well as other inter-organizational initiatives.
Networking – at conferences; through the H-Public listserv and Facebook and History@Work; in numerous standing committees of the organization; as well as through the up-to-date historical consultant list, job postings, other conferences, and more! Also, you can Search the Membership Directory.
What people are saying about NPCH
“This spring I went for the first time to the National Council on Public History conference…
I have never in my life attended such a varied, vibrant and unpretentious conference gathering. Only about 1/3rd the attendees were academic historians. The rest were state and federal employees, archivists and museum workers, school teachers, impassioned civilians. What brought them together is that they were all doing history, and in many cases very fine history indeed. There was none of this “let me look at your name tag and see if you are worth talking to” nonsense, it was more “let me talk to you and find out what cool stuff you are doing.” I had a great time and was very impressed.
They have a peer-reviewed journal and a newsletter and professional standards and all of that, plus passion and fun.”